After a childhood of enjoying science fiction as a representation of the way in which we can all work together in the future, it was likely pre-ordained that I would wind up in a technology field. I've been designing software systems for 16 years now and I still enjoy nothing more than finding new innovative solutions to problems.
Thoughts about SETI and SETI@home
S@H is commonly thought to be the search for little green men.
I see it as more. I see it as the first building block for mankind's future. The survival of the race comes down to our ability to work together as the Human Entity.
S@H is the first in what, if we are to survive as a species, must be a long series of efforts to bring the long term goals of mankind to the front and finding ways for us to work together.
Picture it this way. One day, there will be The Event(tm). Asteriod maybe. Natural disaster perhaps. Aggressive aliens visiting possibly. The key to what condition mankind will be in when this happens is how well we've learned to work together as a species and what we have built from that effort.
Imagine if the mathematical models could be built for programs like finding cures for cancer, advancing quantum mathematics, etc, and if these truly massive computing tasks could find as receptive an audience as SETI has.